The Arizona Diamondbacks have been anything but silent for the current MLB offseason. They have filled a closer role, added Mark Trumbo and might still be the leading candidate to sign Masahiro Tanaka. While all of that is wonderful and will definitely go a long way towards making them a stronger contender in 2014, neither is my favorite move of the offseason. For my money the best thing the DBacks have done is extend the contract of pitcher Josh Collmenter.
It is far from the most lucrative deal that a DBacks player will take the field with in 2014. As a matter of fact even if all options and incentives are hit it still is well below a total value of $10M from now until 2017. Unfortunately by today’s MLB standards that is a relatively small amount of money. I don’t care though; I still think it is some of the best money the team will spend all offseason.
Collmenter came onto the scene in 2011 as a starter and finished 5th in Rookie of the Year voting. In 2012 he continued a good run of starting but also switched to more pitching out of the bullpen. When 2013 came along Collmenter spent all of his time in the ‘pen doing whatever needed to be done and usually doing it quite well. After all they don’t just hand relief pitchers a 3.13 ERA now do they?
In the same way his role has changed and his effect has increased over the last few seasons, look for this deal and the coming season to include Collmenter pushing forward once again. They should give him a more prominent role in the ‘pen and when they do just watch this guy grow. If they do their part and he stays healthy, expect Collmenter to be one of the more highly ranked relievers in the game by the end of his newly extended contract.